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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Wilde Lake Community Meetings

The Wilde Lake Village Board will be having a series of community meetings at Slayton House:

Tuesday, January 30th at 7:30pm The Wilde Lake Village Board Partnership Committee will meet to respond to the closing of the Giant grocery store and Kevin Allen of KIMCO will update the committee on the situation.

Tuesday, February 6th at 7:30pm County Councilwomen Mary Kay Sigaty will make a presentation to the Wilde Lake Village Board.

Thursday, February 8th at 7:30pm Doug Godine of General Growth Properties (GGP) will make a presentation about downtown development.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a conversation yesterday with a Columbia pioneer who expressed concern that the land swap between the school system and a church for land on 175 and Tamar for land in Marriotsville might not follow the covenants or vision of Columbia. Has anyone looked into this?

i.e. Rouse didn't believe that individual churches should be built in the New Town- that they should be part of an Interfaith center or community. There are no churches in NT ( a couple on outparcels). Does NT zoning and covenants even allow a church to be built as a separate entity?

It is definitely contrary to the vision, but I don't know about the underlying law and regulations.

Anybody know about this?

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It also begs the question what happens if some parties' push for a denser Columbia succeeds and additional schools are then needed in Columbia. Where would the school that would've been placed at that location then be placed? Would county-owned park land in Columbia then be sacrificed? Or will existing schools be supersized even more, resulting in a lower quality educational experience?

11:24 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

I have heard through the Columbia grapevine that Bill Santos has been very interested in this subject in the past so he might be the best person to ask.

I agree with you that one of the integral parts of achieving Rouse's vission has been the positive interactions created by the Interfaith Centers. I personally have very fond memories of the Oakland Mills Meeting House and how it brought people of many faiths together to understand each others faith.

1:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill isn't a lawyer, nor has he ever commented about the legal aspect, and I haven't heard him say anything except the fact that he supports the Rouse vision of religion in Columbia. A lot of kids who grew up here really like the Interfaith Center concept. The idea that a Unitarian, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, etc service would be going on in the next room - it's a really cool sense of community.

As far as the parcel goes, drive by it - I for one can't see it practically being used for a school given current construction and play space requirements. The Howard County Public Schools seem to think that the land is pretty useless to them - but they really want the parcel up in West County.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Evan,

Thanks for reporting on "Wilde Lake Community Meetings." There has been a sudden date change for special guest speaker, Doug Godine from February 8th, (as shown on your post) to Wednesday, February 7th, for a Village Board meeting this upcoming week.

The most recent post from the new Wilde Lake Village, Google Group post shows:
From: "Wilde Lake Village News"
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 08:44:49 -0800
Monday, February 5th at 7:30PM The Wide Lake Village Board will have
as their Special Guest Speakers: Maggie Brown, President of The Columbia Association, and Tom O'Connor, Chair of The Columbia Board of Directors.
And at 8:30 PM: Mary Kay Sigaty, County Council Representative.

Wednesday, February 7th at 7:30 PM The Wide Lake Village Board will
hold a Special Board Meeting for Guest Speaker Doug Godine, GGP Vice
President and General Manager of Columbia.

Ongoing event & news are available by signing up for the new Village of Wilde Lake Google Group @
or visit "Board News" at:

Again, thank-you for your continued interest & coverage,

Warm Regards,
Lisa Mikkelsen

12:50 PM  
Blogger Evan said...


Thanks you! I just posted this info on the main page. Please let me know if you or the village have any other information the community might be interested in.


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